A Bizarre Circus Comes to Town: Building Spiegelworld’s Empire — No Nails, No Screws, Just Gravity Required
Returning to New York City for the first time since 2008, Spiegelworld brings its new show Empire to the Times Square area for a summer residency through Sept. 2. This circus-meets-burlesque-meets-cabaret production is not housed in a Broadway theatre, but in an Art Nouveau-decorated spiegel (German for "mirror") tent that dates back to Belgium 100 years ago. The tent, assembled on a vacant lot, with an entrance on West 45th Street near Eighth Avenue, is composed of hundreds of pieces — though no screws, nuts or bolts are used. The structure relies on the simple physics of gravity and friction to keep it in place. Producer Ross Mollison, director Wayne Harrison and performers "Oscar the Impresario" and "Fanny" were on hand over three days as Playbill documented the assembly of the unique tent. For more on the show, click here. To purchase an exclusive Playbill Club discount, click here.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.